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We love uncovering fun events, workshops, camps and courses for kids for School Holidays – and this July there’s paint parties, magic shows and puppet shows, the world’s biggest obstacle course AND a huge jumping castle plus so much more… scroll down for all the fun details and book fast!

Camp Glasshouse, Artarmon

Join us for Camp Glasshouse these School Holidays!

Camp Glasshouse is a two-week event filled with fun and engaging activities for kids of all ages at The Glasshouse during school holidays. Activities include slime school, paint parties, magic shows, parachute games and more. Each activity requires pre-purchased tickets due to limited capacities.

Here are some additional details to help you plan your activities:

The Messy Makers crew will be hosting Slime School, Arts & Crafts & Snow Globe Making where kids can learn how to make a range of items and get as messy as they want!

Pinot and Picasso will be hosting Paint Parties, where kids can let their creativity run wild and create their own masterpieces.

Story Squad will be bringing Magic & Mayhem to the camp, with interactive storytelling and plenty of surprises.

Little Legends will be leading Parachute Games, where kids can have fun while also improving their coordination and teamwork skills.

For information on dates, times and bookings visit theglasshouseartarmon.com.au/camp-glasshouse/

Primrose Park Tennis

Enjoy Tennis Coaching, team events ,fun games ,singles and doubles tournaments

Winners trophies and a Friday BBQ. Minimum age 5; maximum age 16.

Dates: June 26-30, July 3-7, July 10-14

Times: Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 3.00pm, Friday 9.30am to 2.00pm

LocationPrimrose Park Tennis, Matora Lane, off Young Street Neutral Bay

Cost: 5 day camps $300, 3 day camps $200, 1 day camp $85

Bookings: Book online at www.primroseparktennis.com.au

Big Music Crows Nest School Holiday Camps

Big Music’s holiday camps run 9am-3pm daily in each week of the holidays, with three options:


The perfect way for younger kids (age 5+) to start their musical journey, the URE program gives them a chance to try a range of contemporary instruments including guitar, bass, drums, vocals, and keyboard.


Rock Shows are for kids who are ready to rock (age 9+ with at least one year’s musical experience). Working with inspiring professional musicians, kids join a real rock band and prepare for an awesome stage performance.


The Junior Rockers Holiday Show is designed for up-and-coming primary school-aged kids who either already play an instrument or have enjoyed the Ultimate Rock Experience and are now ready to take the next step. A short audition is required for first-timers. Working with inspiring professional musicians, kids join a real rock band and prepare for an awesome stage performance.


  • 26th-30th June
  • 3rd-7th July
  • 10th-14th July

Time: 9am – 3pm

Suited for: 5 – 17 years

Cost: 5 day program $625

Book: online – https://www.bigmusic.com.au/holiday-rock-camps;  e- info@bigmusic.com.au; ph (02) 8622 6550

Website: www.bigmusic.com.au

Note: A 10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT applies to bookings made before 11 June 2023.

VT1 Ninja Holiday Camp

Enter a world of excitement and adventure at the VT1 Martial Arts Kids Ninja Camp! For all little warriors aged 6-12, this action-packed camp is designed to unleash your inner ninja and take your skills to new heights. Each day is packed with learning martial arts, performing acrobatics and mastering the use of different weapons.
There will be a lot of physical activity and running around so wear comfortable clothing.
Also bring your food and drinks needed for the day.
VT1 Martial Arts Academy
19b/390 Eastern Valley Way, Chatswood NSW 2067
$95 per day
$270 for all 3 days
Dates and times:
Monday July 3 – Wednesday July 5
9am to 4pm
Register via email to info@vt1mma.com.au or by calling 9417 1001

MOTIV8SPORTS – The MOTIV8GAMES!! – 2 DAY SPORTS CAMP (North Sydney, Lane Cove North, Northbridge)

Join Motiv8sports Willoughby North Sydney these holidays for your chance to win GOLD!

The MOTIV8 GAMES are held only once every year and provide campers the chance to win Gold! The Motiv8 Games is a futuristic version of the Olympics with a rock concert atmosphere. This multi-sports event provides campers the opportunity to participate in a long list of team sports, individual events, showdowns and team building challenges.

Like all Motiv8sports events our primary focus is to create a sporting arena that teaches children about teamwork, sportsmanship and resilience all while motivating them to be extraordinary versions of themselves.

Good to know:  For kids from Kindy to Year 6. All new campers receive their very own Rookie Jersey as part of their Milestone rewards program that they get to wear during camp. Creative Kids vouchers accepted.

Location, Dates and Times: We have 3 camps running these holidays:

Location 1: North Sydney – 3rd & 4th July, SHORE School

Location 2: Lane Cove North – 6th & 7th July , Mowbray Public School

Location 3: Northbridge – 10th & 11th July, War Memorial Playing Fields

Cost: $0-$125 (Creative Kids voucher accepted)

To Book: https://motiv8sports.com.au/locations/willoughby-north-sydney/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/motiv8sportswilloughbynorthsydney

***Special Offer for Willoughby Living members: 20% off to the first 20 people. Just enter the code “living20” at checkout**

Flying Yogis School Holiday Camps @ Willoughby Bowling Club

Flying Yogis is growing and running their epic Acrobatics; Gymnastics; Yoga & Art Camps for 4 days in Willoughby this Winter.

Book single Days, or save when you book all 4 days.

The highlight of our camps! Is it the gymnastics; dancing; games; amazing art projects; picnics and challenges? Or is it the amazing food provided by Willows @ WBC

Wear comfy clothing that enables free movement, something warm for outdoor play and a water bottle. Please notify us of any allergies

Date: Daily from 3rd- 6th July. Book single or multiple days

Location: Willoughby Bowling Club

Cost: $135 per day: $480 for 4 days; or five days for price of 4 if booking siblings in


Puppeteria Theatre, Castle Cove

School holiday

Image: Puppeteria Theatre

Enjoy the art of puppetry with your young ones at the Puppeteria Theatre in Castle Cove. Each holidays there are new shows to enjoy so check the program for spring school holidays details.

Location: Puppeteria Theatre Castle Cove

Date and time: Various dates and times (please see program on the website)

Cost: Child: $12 – Adult: $15

How to book: https://puppeteria.com/

S’mores at The Greens, North Sydney

Do a little campsite cooking in the School Holidays around the campfires at The Greens! Step 1 -Melt the marshmallow to your liking over the fire Step 2 – Make a sandwich using the biscuits on the outside and the chocolate on the inside Step 3 – Place the warm, gooey marshmallow in between, and watch it all melt together ready for you to eat

Location: 50 Ridge Street North Sydney

The Coal Loader Kids Trail

The Coal Loader
Image: The Coal Loader

If you’re searching for something fun (and free!) to do with the kids, have a look at the kids’ trail on The Coal Loader website. It’s a mobile-friendly, self-timed way for your kids to explore the great outdoors whilst finding listed items and answering fun questions. They’ll uncover the site’s history, all its sustainability features, native planting, food gardens, bats, chickens and more. All you have to do is head to their website and use your mobile to navigate the trail. Easy!

Mini Maestros, Chatswood

Culture Bites Mini Maestros

Th enchanting Peter and the Wolf, the story of a young boy and his animal friends, will be brought to life by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra led by charismatic conductor George Ellis and the evocative narration of Australian author and singer-songwriter Josh Pyke.

The playful melodies of the flute, haunting strains of the oboe and the bold brassy sounds of the horns each portray a different character in this much-loved classic, creating a captivating symphonic experience for all ages. Don’t miss your chance to witness the magic of Peter and the Wolf with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.

When: 7 July

Pricing: All Tickets $30

Booking: https://aucentury.sales.ticketsearch.com/sales/salesevent/108830

The Ultimate Magic Show, NORTHS

Prepare for some mind-blowing magic! Legendary, award-winning magician and illusionist, Jonas Jost, is hitting the NORTHS stage these school holidays. He’ll perform an action-packed show, featuring comedy and tricks that will impress kids and parents alike.

Where: NORTHS Auditorium, Cammeray

When: Thursday July 6

Cost: $15 (+ $2 booking fee)

Tickets: https://norths.com.au/events/jonus-jost-the-ultimate-magic-show/

Kids Disco at NORTHS 

Let your kids go wild at the Kids Disco at Norths in July. They can compete in limbo and hula hoop competitions, play dancing games, join in with singalongs and win prizes. There’s no age restriction, and the event is always a hit!

Dates: Friday July 14, 11am (Doors open 10:30am)

Location: NORTHS 12 Abbott St Cammeray

Cost: $8 + $2 booking fee

Book tickets here

School Holiday Bushland Adventure (for ages 5-11)

A fun bushwalking history challenge for primary aged children. Get ready for a wild ride in a Time Machine as we make stops back in time from the Pleisocene era to present day.

We will walk at least 3km and create bush art to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

Kids will need snacks and a drink, a hat and suitable clothing for the weather and bushwalking.

Meet in the bush car park. Turn right at the very end of Small Street, Willoughby.

Where: Flat Rock Gully, Flat Rock Gully Walking Track

When: 05 July 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Website: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Eventbrite/School-Holiday-Bushland-Adventure-for-ages-5-11-637826806147

Echidna Book Art for Kids (7-12 years)

Celebrate our First Nations people and cultures with a fun, recycled-art, book-folding project for children. Suitable for children aged 7-12 years and their parents or carers.

Where: Chatswood Library

When: 05 July 2023, 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Website: https://libraries.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Eventbrite/Echidna-book-art-for-kids-7-12-years-633799289737

Paint & Sip Mocktails – Winter School Holiday Program

For ages 12-18.

Come escape during the winter school holidays, while making a simple and easy acrylic painting on a mini canvas that will warm you up and relax you with it’s tropical summery vibes, and enjoy some yummy mocktails.

We also provide a nutritious lunch, fruit platter and snacks.

Where: Chatswood Youth Centre

When: 06 July 2023, 10:30 AM – 01:30 PM

Cost: $11.90

Website: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Eventbrite/Paint-Sip-Mocktails-Winter-School-Holiday-Program-633029146217

Barista Foundations Course – Winter School Holiday Program

If you’re aged 15-24 and interested in working in cafes, restaurants or bars then you will need barista experience!

Join this friendly introductory workshop to learn:

  • Espresso equipment and workflow
  • What is espresso
  • Espresso menu (For example the difference between cappuccino, flat white and latte)
  • Milk texturing
  • Hands-on service period which gives you the opportunity to practice the skills you have learnt in a real life, live environment with the support of an experienced Barista.

You will also learn transferable skills like customer service, communication and teamwork.

Where: Chatswood Youth Centre

When: 12 July 2023, 10:30 AM – 01:30 PM

Cost: $33.08

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden Bush Kids Activities

Get your young ones to step into nature at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden at St Ives and enjoy the great outdoors with adventure-based play activities these spring school holidays. The Bush Kids program is suitable for children aged 6 to 12. Depending on the session you choose, your kids could be learning bush survival skills, bushcraft and camping and so much more. Visit the Ku-ring-gai Council website for further details.
Location: 420 Mona Vale Rd, St. Ives
Cost: $70 per child.
Book by clicking here

Family Bushwalk, Berry Island

Parents and children are invited to join the Bushland Team for a guided bushwalk around the Gadyan Track, Berry Island these school holidays.

Please wear enclosed shoes, sun protection and bring a bottle of drinking water.

Date: Tuesday July 11
Time: 10.30am to 12.00pm
Location: Berry Island Reserve, 10 Shirley Road Wollstonecraft
Bookings: Click here

Family Spotlight Walk, Balls Head Reserve

Join Anthony Stimson for an intimate wildlife show-and-tell to be followed by a spotlight walk around Balls Head Reserve with the Bushland Team to observe these animals in their natural habitat.

Date: Thursday July 13
Time: 5.30-8.30pm
Location: The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability
Bookings: Click here

St Ives Treetops Adventure + Playground, St Ives

Families have a new experience to explore along the southern border of Ku-ring-gai National Park. St Ives is our newest Tree Ropes Course Park, hosting 95+ aerial obstacles and 10+ ziplines, all suspended between platforms to create a maze of activities in the treetops. Courses start at 1m for little climbers and jump up to 15 metres for bigger adventurers!

When you’re done there’s a spectacular new playground to explore as well! Perfect for spring school holidays!

Location: 450 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives

Opening hours: School and Public Holidays Monday – Sunday 9am-5pm

Website: https://treetopsadventure.com.au/location/st-ives/

Paint It Red Winter Festival, St Ives 

This family winter festival is a community event to remember, held at St Ives showground over two days in July.  It will feature a diverse food truck line-up, a huge market stall selection, as well as all your favourite carnival games and rides. There’s entertainment for everyone including face painting and fireworks, all for an entry fee of just $2. You can purchase wristbands for the rides at the event.

Dates: Friday July 7, 4pm – 10pm & Saturday July 8, 12pm-10pm 

Location: St Ives Showground, 450 Mona Vale Road

Cost: $2 entry

Website: https://www.facebook.com/paintitredAU

Indigenous Workshop, St Ives

Bring your children along to a special workshop that offers a hands on and immersive experience on Indigenous culture. The Didgeridoo master will perform with native animal sounds and stories through the didgeridoo. There will also be storytelling, artefacts, weaponry and bush survival. Best suited for kids between 8-12 years.

Dates: Tuesday 4 July, 10-11.30am

Location: St Ives Showground, Douglas Pickering Pavilion, 450 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives

Cost: Free (bookings essential)

Booking: click here 

Monster Jump, The Entertainment Quarter Moore Park

Attention, adventure enthusiasts of all ages! Australia’s most thrilling inflatable obstacle course has arrived, and it’s ready to unleash a wave of excitement like never before! 😲 🙌

Come check out Monster Jump as the massive obstacle course bounces into the Entertainment Quarter in Sydney from 1st-16th July.

The Monster Jump course is the newest inflatable obstacle course to land in Australia! It is great for everyone, child or adult! Fun for the whole family! We encourage parents to join in!! U5’s are required to be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets can be purchased at the door, availability dependent. We suggest booking online to avoid disappointment.Location: Sydney – Entertainment Quarter (122 Lang Road, Moore Park)
Easy to reach via tram, bus, or car (with easy parking too).Dates: 1st – 16th July 2023 – mark your calendars now and come 1 day or ALL of them!Experience: Fun for all ages with over 30 exciting obstacles to keep any kid or kidult entertained!

Tuff Nutterz, Centennial Park

The world’s biggest inflatable obstacle course is taking over Centennial Park these winter school holidays. There are 30 fun and challenging obstacles to complete in their brand new, 300m supersize maze. Giant slides, hanging rails, climbing walls, balance balls, you name it… All ages are welcome (parents included) and there’s a smaller obstacle course for the little ones. Four sessions run each day for 1:45 mins and bookings are strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

Where: Grand Drive, Centennial Park

When: July 6 – July 16, 9am – 5pm

Tickets: https://www.tuffnutterz.com/tuffnutterznsw-act

Bondi Festival Ice Rink, Bondi Beach

Nothing says winter like a trip to the ice rink! The world-famous Bondi Festival Ice Rink will be open daily throughout the Bondi Festival and everyone is invited for a skate. You’ll get to glide across the ice (or shuffle if you’re a first-timer) – all whilst enjoying the best view in town. There are ice skates for all sizes and push-along penguins for the little ones.

Where: Bondi Festival Ice Rink, Bondi Beach

When: June 30 – July 16, 10am – 9pm


Pittwater Winter School Holidays Ice Spectacular

Get ready to glide your way around Pittwater’s huge 30m x 8m Ice Skating Rink. Back by popular demand these winter school holidays, this Ice Skating Spectacular is ideal for friends, families and parties.

Where: Ice Skating Spectacular, Mona Vale

When: Saturday 1 July 2023 – Sunday 16 July 2023 – multiple sessions available daily from 11am.

Cost: $15-$20



Do you know of or run a school holiday activity that should be added to the list? Please get in touch via willoughby@thelivingcollective.com.au